ABOUT ORGANIZERS

Association of Food Scientists and Technologists-India; AFST(I): 

        The Association of Food Scientists and Technologists (India)
has been in existence since August 1957and is registered under the Karnataka State Societies Act. This is one of the prominent anddistinguished Food Association in the country reaching a global platform through professionalmembership of scientists, technologists and engineers, who are tomorrow's professionals. One of thefundamental objectives of the Association is to bring together members on a platform along with theexperts in the field not only from India but also from abroad, along with the captains of the industriesto share the commonalities of the cutting edge technology in today's changing scenario. It is in thiscontext that the Association organizes the annual conference - ICFoST, which is attended by a largenumber of scientists, technologists and entrepreneurs. It hosts the international convention IFCoNonce in five years; regularly conducts conferences and food expos; publishes Journal of Food Scienceand Technology (published by Springer) and the Indian Food Industry Magazine. The Associationrecognizes the achievements of food professionals through various awards.

 

CSIR−Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), Mysuru, Karnataka Central Food Technological Research Institute (CSIR-CFTRI)
has been one of the prime institutionsunder Council of Scientific & Industrial Research under Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt. ofIndia devoted to Food Science & Technology for more than six decades. The Mandate of the Instituteincludes ensuring food and nutritional security of the country through S&T interventions. The institutehas been in the forefront in generating quality human resource for the development of food industry.The spectrum of programs offered are post-graduation in Food Technology, Integrated M.Sc.-Ph.D. inNutrition Biology, Certificate in Flour Milling and short term training for entrepreneurs and Industrypersonnel. Over 250 students are pursuing their doctoral studies in food and allied subjects. Over theyears, CSIR-CFTRI has brought out many innovative products and processes into the market in tunewith the state-of-the-art R&D practices and the changing lifestyles of the consumers. Some of thepioneering efforts include introduction of infant foods, instant ready-mixes, parboiling of paddy,spirulina, health and wellness food products and recently the superfoods. Societal interventions havebeen the hallmark of the unique Institution and large number of farmers are empowered regularly onaffordable and sustainable methods for value addition to agri-commodities contributing to ruraleconomy and testing of samples.

The Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL): was established in 1961 under the aegis of DefenceResearch and Development Organization (DRDO), Ministry of Defence, Government of India, at Mysoreespecially to cater to the strategic operational requirements of Defence Forces and to provide logisticalsupport in the area of food supplies and varied food challenges of Indian Army, Navy, Air force andother Paramilitary Forces. The R&D efforts at DFRL are aimed at designing and engineering lightweightand convenience pack rations for Defence forces which do not require any elaborate cooking orpreparation at the consumer's end and remain shelf-stable under varying climatic conditions forperiods ranging from 6 months to 1 year. DFRL, through the dedicated efforts of its scientists, has beenable to conserve, preserve, stabilize, design, fabricate and engineer a vast array of food products ofIndian dietary which are not only shelf stable under all weather conditions but also deliver adequatenutrition and energy to keep the morale of Defence Service personnel high at all times. Throughsubstantive contributions, DFRL has developed a wide variety of food products of Indian dietarymatching the mainframe palate/tastes of the country. Many of the DFRL foods, born out of innovativestate-of-the-art technologies, lend themselves eminently suitable to industrial scale commercialexploitation by enterprising entrepreneurs of different genre and export as well. DFRL , a pioneernational institute also developed specialised food with suitable packaging and delivery system forspace Mission .

 

Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai: Established on October 1, 1933 as University Department of Chemical Technology (popularly calledUDCT) of the University of Bombay (now Mumbai), with the noble intention of advancing India'sknowledge reserves in chemical science and technology, the Institute has grown to become a premier(deemed) university devoted to education, training, research and industrial collaboration in chemicalengineering, chemical technology, applied chemistry, pharmacy, biotechnology and bio-processing.The then UDCT grew in stature over the years and was granted partial autonomy by the University ofMumbai in 1985, which was taken to the next echelon under the concept of autonomy propagated bythe University Grants Commission (UGC). Due to its size and spread of activities, it was converted intoUniversity Institute of Chemical Technology (UICT) on 26th January, 2002 and under the TEQIP of theWorld Bank it was granted full autonomy in 2004. Upon strong recommendation of the UGC through apeer review process, the autonomous institute status was finally converted in to a Deemed-to-be-University by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Govt. of India, on 12 September2008. The Government of Maharashtra granted it the Elite Status and Centre of Excellence in the StateAssembly on April 20, 2012. This is a singular distinction accorded to any institute in the entire countryand speaks volumes about the achievements of the ICT. On March 2018, ICT for the first times crossedthe confines of Maharashtra when the institute inaugurated the “ICT Mumbai Indian Oil OdishaCampus” at Bhubaneswar on 18th March 2018. May 4th 2018 was another glorious day for ICT, when ICTofficially established its second campus outside Mumbai.